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October 2012, Volume 1, Issue 1

Microsoft tries 'kitchen sink' method for Windows Server 2012 upgrade

This is part one in the series looking at Microsoft's approach to promoting Windows Server 2012. When Microsoft shipped Windows Server 2012 in September, it could have put on the packaging: "includes the kitchen sink." By a wide margin, the company has crammed more critical core capabilities into this version of their flagship operating system than any previous incarnation. Several of these capabilities bolster not only basic operating system functions but are also designed to serve as building blocks for Microsoft's cloud, virtualization and storage strategies -- each a market where it faces a handful of voracious competitors. While some are encouraged by what they see and will conduct a serious evaluation, others say they are still upgrading their servers to Windows Server 2008 R2 and that Server 2012 is out on the horizon. But whether this raft of new features and technologies -- numbering over 300 in all -- can convince Microsoft corporate users to move out of the comfortable confines of Windows Server 2008 R2 anytime soon ...

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